Tag: Santorini Blue

Best Selling Benjamin Moore Blues

September 20, 2014

[pinterest]Looking for the perfect new paint color? Based on my color consulting lately, it seems the color blue is the number one color choice for home color palettes:

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You know how I love blue! It is the perfect color in bringing other colors together as well as being a great neutral on it’s own:

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I often use blue to bring together the old with the new:

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Here is the top ten list of Benjamin Moore’s best seller blues:

Breath of Fresh Air 806:

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Breathe of Fresh Air is Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2014.

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Hale Navy HC-154:

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My personal favorite. I adore hale navy:

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Mt. Rainier Gray 2129-60:



These blues will all work well in baths, bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, offices, etc.

Boothbay Gray HC-165

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Wedgewood Gray HC-146:

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Ashland Slate 1608:

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Santorini Blue 1634:

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Beacon Gray 2128-60:

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Van Courtland Blue HC-145:

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Gorgeous blue!

Normandy 2129-40:



Do you see any blues you would like to update your space with? Which would you choose as your favorite blue?

If you need help selecting wall colors for your home, contact me today.

Dirty vs. Clean Color

October 6, 2012


I recently worked on a color consultation that shows a very good example of the color theory ‘Clean vs. Dirty’.


Rebecca was looking for help with paint color for her living room. She and her husband had tried different reds, blues and greens but they just were not working. Below, can you see the beige-gold color on the wall next to the white wainscoting?:


The wall color is actually Ben Moore Hawthorne Yellow HC-4! Hawthorne Yellow by itself is a clean color but when compared next to the white, it looks muddy/dirty. The white wainscoting looks very clean and bright, especially next to the yellow. The yellow is muted and is considered a ‘dirty’ color comparing the two together. Clean vs. Dirty.


There is a lot of fresh, white and newly painted wainscoting and trim in the room, including the ceiling. Rebecca of course did not want to repaint it all over again but would if necessary.  So what would you suggest to her?


I told her that I would definitely keep the white in the room. It looks very clean and updated. Next, find a color for the walls that will work with the wainscoting. Fortunately, Rebecca has a beautiful multi-color Heriz rug in the room:


A beautiful inspiration piece to start looking for colors! Because of it’s brightness in color, it will work well with the white wainscoting. I suggested that we find a gray or a blue-ish gray color (because blue is a great neutral) that will ‘match up’ the closest with the color in the rug. My first suggestions to try were:

Adagio 1593

Slate Blue 1648 and

Stratton Blue HC-142

These blues are all fresh ‘clean’ blues. Do you see how the undertone in the blue is bright and not a muddy color?  I started with medium blue hues which I think is a very modern, clean color that works well with so many other colors including the white wainscoting. Are there other colors that might also work? Of course, but Rebecca loves the blue!

Stayed tuned to see which paint color Rebecca chooses to paint her living room. Will it be one of Kelly’s suggestions? Or will she and her husband find another great color they love? What would be your suggestion?

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home or business, contact me today.

Warming Up With Neutrals

July 10, 2012


A few months ago, I received a call from a homeowner who needed help choosing colors for her home. Pat, the homeowner, had many collections in her home that she has made and also collected over the years:

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All of her furnishings were in great condition and were going to stay. This made my job easier since I just had to select colors for existing furnishings with my large color samples from Maria:

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We started in the living room and I used the largest upholstered piece in the room to begin looking at colors. Pat and I had decided at the beginning on the consult that we were going to use warm, soft neutrals to bring everything in the room together and also to highlight her collections.

Living Room before painting:


Living room after painting with BEN Moore Monroe Bisque HC-26:


See how the room looks softer? Monroe Bisque is a soft, yellow beige that matches perfectly with the cream flowers in the sofa.


If you are seeing green on the walls in the photos, you are not mistaken! Depending on the light and time of day, Monroe Bisque can look green at times.

Pat carried the Monroe Bisque into the hallway:


Here is a before picture of a sunny breakfast room:


After painting with Ben Moore Palladian Blue HC-144:


Such a pretty room! I suggested using a large mirror on the wall across from the window to open up the room and bring the light in.

Below is a picture of the den before:


And after painting Ben Moore Santorini Blue 1634:

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So pretty after painting:


Below is a before and after picture of one of my favorite rooms in the home. I used the quilt on the to select the color for this room. Guest room before:


Guest room after:


We used ben Moore Georgian Green HC-115 (one of my new favorite colors!). See how the wall color just makes the whole room come together? That is the magic of paint!

Thank you so much Pat for sending me the pictures! I love to see the after photos after a color consultation. I hope you all enjoyed! What a difference a little paint can make!

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.